I have lots of childhood memories in Iligan, like for example traveling back and forth with my mom (since my family used to reside in Marawi for many years), there’s the man-made lake and Gaisano mall. I also learned how to swim in Timoga resort. So, I reckoned it would be such a fitting idea to tag my wife along to the City of Waterfalls. Ma. Christina, Tinago and Mimbalut falls were what consisted our itinerary there – the three waterfalls in Iligan city!
Upon setting foot in Iligan, my wife was astonished by the presence of our Muslim brothers and sisters. It got her curious about their culture, that’s why we wasted no precious time and tried out their Halal approved foods. The familiar scent of spicy Palapa also got me drooling. We ordered four types of dishes and savored them one after the other. A gustatory delight it truly was; the taste was impeccably appetizing!
Al-Hayat Restaurant Sign Board (nearby the old Gaisano mall)
Our main intent of going there wasn’t really the food, but their three famous waterfalls. We rode on a Buruun-bound jeepney, the fare was only P14/head, and asked the driver to drop us off where there are “habal-habal” motorcycles for hire. When we arrived at the waiting area, a driver was assigned to us. It was drizzling at that moment and the roads were quite slippery, so what we did was to offer the driver an amount for all three waterfalls – P250. Thank goodness our driver by the name of Noel agreed. This proved to be a great approach for us later on, since it was much faster and more convenient.
Tinago Falls (one of the three waterfalls in iligan city) has no entrance fee. Our driver just waited for us there patiently. A tour guide whose name we forgot approached us and offered to guide us down the 365 steps to the foot of the falls! Yes, it was steep and dangerous. We just worked our way to the bottom very carefully.
There used to be a Tinago Falls resort that was ran by a private owner, but it was foreclosed for some reason. There are only ruins left of it - so sad, but on the bright side, this would keep the falls from getting spoiled.
Stairway to Tinago Falls
The fog was so thick up there, which was what we wanted, instead of unbearable heat that could dehydrate us. At least the weather was cool.
Our efforts eventually paid off. Here’s the falls itself in all its glory!
The hardest part was going up the stairs. Good thing we brought mineral water with us. We stopped every now and then to catch our breath and rest for a bit. At the top, we stumbled into a Balut vendor. Burp! Our driver was right there sitting in the waiting shed and when he saw us coming, he instantly started his motorbike.
Then we were off to our next falls – Mimbalut (another popular waterfalls in iligan city)! The entrance there is P15. We took some quick shots of the falls. It was around 3 PM and we wanted to make sure that we’d make it to Ma. Christina falls.
I almost fell down this basin because we were in such haste. Whew!
One last look before we headed away from the falls. Goodbye, Mimbalut!
Ma. Christina Falls
Last but not the least is the alluring Ma. Christina Falls (the most popular waterfalls in Iligan city)! We stood there gaping in awe at its majestic beauty.
Here’s our parting shot. And we’re off… until we meet again!